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From Boulenger, 1909, pp. 277-278
Depth of body 2½ to 2 3/4 times in total length, length of head 3 to 3½ times. Head1¼ to 1 1/3 times as long as deep, 2½ to 3 times as long as broad; snout rounded, not compressed, longer than deep, its length greater than interorbital width, 1½ to 2½ diameters of eye, which is 4 to 6 times in length of head; maxillary not extending to below nostrils; 12-1 teeth in each jaw, inner teeth very small or absent. Dorsal 25-26 (4-5 unbranched), equally distant from head and from caudal, separated from adipose fin by a space equal to 1/3 to 2/5 its base. Anal 13-14 (3-4 unbranched), its base much shorter than that of dorsal. Pectoral 3/5 to 2/3 length of head. Caudal forked, lobes rounded. Caudal peduncle as long as deep or a little deeper than long. Scales 70-85, 15-17 / 15-17, 11-13 between lateral line and root of ventral. Orange or red, with 6 to 8 blackish bands across the body; dorsal dotted with blackish in the young.